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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    -1979


     

    Enrolment

     

    170

     

    140


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori, International Baccalaureate

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    15 to 18

     

    10 to 26


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $7,480 to $9,343


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    15%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $3,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    13

     

    13


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    information not available

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    "OCS really looks at finding what works best to help your child thrive in their areas of interest, it’s not just a one size fits all approach"
    Holly Patton - Parent   (Jun 24, 2020)
    My son and daughter are currently attending Orangeville Christian School. My son and daughter have c...
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    "The teachers work hard to creatively present the material and students learn how to problem-solve..."
    Hannah Campbell - Parent   (Jul 14, 2020)
    My child loves the interactive learning that the teachers provide at OCS. The students learned all a...
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    "The school brings a level of responsibility back onto the children in the classroom..."
    Marcia Duiker - Parent   (Sep 03, 2020)
    My children all very much love attending OCS. "I like centres", "I like gym", "I like my friends",...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Wheatley was founded in 1986 by Eda Varalli, who remains as the principal of the school today. Her inspiration was, truly, the best there ever is—to create a school that just did things better than they were being done. She took the Montessori method as a starting point, particularly in its focus on the individual, the belief that instruction is best when it takes the curiosity and the spirit of the learner. The school has grown over the years, including notably in 2001 with the move into the school’s current facility. The community that the school describes includes parents and extended family, and annual events underscore that, such as a grandparent’s day every April; during Family Literacy Week, parents and grandparents are invited to come into the school to read with students. In all, there’s a nice little spark throughout the life of the school, evident in things like the parent open house titled, beautifully, “Come See What I Can Do Day,” or the standing invitation for parents to have coffee with the principal. Sometimes there is a lot of power in the details, as well as in consistent leadership, and Wheatley serves as a lovely example of that. 

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School was founded in 1979, so has a long history and experience in the region. For the families that turn to it, Orangeville checks all the boxes and then some: small classes, student-centred learning, instruction guided by Christian values. Interdenominational, the catchment area is broad, served by a comprehensive busing program, bringing together a unique community of learners around shared goals and shared perspectives. The school delivers the provincial curriculum though with a noted “plus,” namely a prominent set of learning outcomes based in Christian teaching, values, and ministry expectations. A dedication to expeditionary learning augments a hands-on approach, rooting the academic delivery in authentic experiences. The current facilities are relatively new, the school having moved to the site a few years ago. Spaces are sparkling and up to date, including movable classroom furniture to accommodate everything from large group to small group to tutorial styles of instruction. Also notable is the sympathetic integration of technology. The campus includes ample indoor and outdoor space for play and physical education, with a well-appointed gym central within the building. Parents regularly report a high satisfaction with the student experience, particularly an attention to community, character education, and high levels of student engagement in all areas of school life. A robust before and after school program, S.H.A.R.E., is also appreciated. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    information not available

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    • Student Centred: Children grow and thrive in a safe, caring environment.
    • Parents as Partners: Education is viewed as a partnership.
    • Diverse Curriculum: Students are challenged to reach their God-given potential.
    • Engaging Academics: Learning tasks are active, interactive, and appropriately challenging.
    • Positive Community: A sense of belonging is nurtured.
    • Effective Management: A calm, orderly environment is created and maintained.
    • Developmental Awareness: A developmentally appropriate learning program is offered.

    Description

    Description

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Wheatley has been preparing children for the future since 1986. Small classes, a supportive environment and individualized teaching methods allow every child to realize his or her full potential, while promoting academic excellence. Montessori program from two years of age to Grade 4 and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for Grades 5 to 8. Wheatley provides exciting extracurricular activities and enriched academic studies (Grade 9 Math credit offered).

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School is a private, independent Christian school serving Shelburne, Caledon, Grand Valley and Orangeville as well as rural Dufferin County. OCS offers a vibrant atmosphere in which children are educated with Christian values and beliefs in a private school environment. Your child will be loved here, and his or her gifts will be encouraged to blossom in an environment where every child is regarded as a unique, image-bearing child of God. We are more than a school; we are a community.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Message

    information not available

    Orangeville Christian School is committed to creating a school culture where everyone - children, students, staff, parents and the community - feels welcome, safe and respected.

    We encourage every student at OCS to treat others at the school, including students, teachers, staff, and parents, with consideration and respect.

    As a Christian School community, we model our behaviour and conduct after Jesus' command to love God above all and our neighbours as ourselves.

    If you share our goal to create a safe and supportive school culture in which students can focus on learning and building Christian character, then we look forward to hearing from you soon.

     

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Orangeville Christian School

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Montessori and International Baccalaureate Middle Years curriculum is dedicated to providing a child-centered education whose focus is to develop the whole child. We are committed to developing internationally-minded individuals dedicated to shaping a more peaceful world and become aware of their responsibilities as world citizens. Students are engaged, challenged and supported as they strive for excellence and reach their academic potential. Character development (integrity, respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship) is emphasized.

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      As an independent, private school, the curriculum at Orangeville Christian School aligns, but does not fully adopt, the curriculum expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education. Alignment allows our teachers to provide learning opportunities that encourage our students to develop their full potential, while ensuring that specific and complementary ministry expectations are not only met, but exceeded.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Orangeville Christian School

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Students are expected to discover and understand mathematical concepts by answering questions and working through challenges on their own, but they are also provided a good deal of rigorous guidance and support from the teacher. This approach is a balance of discovery with feedback, scaffolding, assessment and explicit instruction.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        JUMP Math is the primary textbook used in our mathematics program.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Orangeville Christian School

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        No

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Orangeville Christian School

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Students are taught the Traits of Writing and specific grammar instruction. They are then taught various forms of writing that ties in with other subjects, or has an authentic audience, in order to engage them in their writing.

      • Literature

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Orangeville Christian School

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Our school uses the Scholastic program as part of our reading instruction which allow teachers to meet with small groups of students during the literacy block.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Orangeville Christian School

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Orangeville Christian School

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Wheatley School

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Orangeville Christian School

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Students are taught instrumental music beginning in the junior grades, moving on to become participants in the band formed by their classmates.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Orangeville Christian School

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      We use the Montessori Method as our curriculum for the Toddlers to age 5.The teacher's role is to guide the child to fulfil their true potential. These first years of school are the most important ones in a child's development. This is the time he/she builds the adult they are going to be.

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      The Kindergarten programs see to provide for the interests and needs of each child. A primary goal is to make the child more aware of God's love, and to explore with wonder the intricacies of God's world by focusing on areas which touch a child's everyday life.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Orangeville Christian School

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Orangeville Christian School

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Wheatley School

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Orangeville Christian School

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      We value the social and emotional development of each child as much as the intellectual. A happy child is always eager to learn and fulfil their true potential.

      ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Wheatley School

    Orangeville Christian School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Young children come to us with an open heart and an eagerness to learn. The Montessori method is an individualized program. Through the use of the Montessori materials and individualized teaching, we are able to very early in their learning identify children's needs. Children are flagged and followed. Modifications are made to the program when necessary. Also, recommendations and referrals are made to outside specialists if a need is identifies.

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    We take differentiated instruction very seriously and accommodations are part of every classroom. Accommodations are prevalent as every student is different and learns in a different way. Most students will be successful in school when teachers are willing and ready to use accommodations necessary for learning. Sometimes accommodations are not enough, so modifications are put in place. Students with modifications or alternate learning goals are given an IEP with specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-sensitive goals. IEPs are reviewed and new goals are set every term. Reading is a struggle for some students. We believe every student should know how to read proficiently. Students are tested in their reading abilities from SK to Grade 8. Students that are behind their grade level benchmark receive Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) by the special education teacher. LLI is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for student who find reading and writing difficult.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    OCS does MAP testing three times a year in order to see how students are progressing academically and work intensively with the students who fall below the 20th percentile. Often the response to intervention is very successful. Other times, we find that the intervention is not enough, and the student may have a learning disability. At this time, we often recommend further testing in order to effectively meet the student's needs. We take the recommendations from professional evaluations very seriously. We would not advise a parent against enrolling their child at our school. Rather, we meet with the parents to discuss how our school can meet the needs of their child through differentiated instruction, a modified curriculum and resource support.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Wheatley School

    Orangeville Christian School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Wheatley School

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Orangeville Christian School

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    OCS is looking for students : 1. who will strive to positively contribute to our school culture. 2. who demonstrate cooperative skills and work toward common goals. 3. who carefully identify and solve problems. 4. who are able to use and evaluate information.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ORANGEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    There are 5 steps to the Application Process at Orangeville Christian School:

    STEP 1:  Plan to attend one of our Open Houses held each month from January to May, or schedule your own Personal Tour by phoning the school office.

    STEP 2:  Review the Information Package that is available from the school office.

    STEP 3:  Complete the Application for Enrolment forms and submit them to the school office. The forms must be accompanied by a deposit of one tenth of the tuition that will be held as a security deposit and applied to the final month’s tuition according to the Tuition Payment Policy.

    STEP 4:  Meet with our Principal. This is an opportunity to discuss your Application for Enrolment including how Orangeville Christian School may be equipped to meet the unique learning needs of your child(ren) and our Statements of Christian Beliefs. After reading the statements, a signed Statement of Parental Support is submitted to the school office.

    STEP 5:

    The Principal will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors concerning your application and communicate their decision as soon as possible.

    (Please note: Orangeville Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national or  ethnic origin, or gender.)




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